Sunday, August 29, 2010

"The Daily Show" triumphs again at Emmys

When "The Amazing Race" failed to win its eighth consecutive best reality competition Emmy, falling to "Top Chef," I thought perhaps it was a sign, and that "The Daily Show"'s own long, long winning streak would end tonight as well. But no, the Comedy Central half-hour managed to win its eighth trophy in the Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series category, despite the fact that "some industry insiders and Team Coco fans were itching for O'Brien's short-lived tenure hosting NBC's 'Tonight Show' to score," as blogger James Hibberd put it. Conan will have to try again next year.

Strangely enough, Jon Stewart was nowhere to be seen. Exec producer Rory Albanese accepted on behalf of the show.

"The Colbert Report" triumphed in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series, beating "TDS" and Coco as well as Bill Maher and "Saturday Night Live"'s much-heralded Betty White episode.

Emmy host Jimmy Fallon's NBC show picked up a trophy in the Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing category for its "Glee" parody "6-Bee."

How did Fallon fare as host? I thought he was fine, though all of the musical numbers made me wonder if his true ambition is hosting the Grammys. Also, the idea of soliciting funny remarks from Twitter users just go to show why professional comedy writers earn the big bucks. The opening number, featuring Fallon and a grab bag of celebs (everyone from Kate Gosselin to Joel McHale), is destined to be a YouTube smash. Check back in tomorrow for a rundown of reviews of Jimmy's performance.